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Golden Couscous Side Dish

This Golden Couscous seasoned with Ras el Hanout is the perfect simple and quick side dish for BBQs and potlucks! It’s flavorful and everyone will love it!

Golden Couscous

Couscous is such a summer food for me. Not only is couscous literally the quickest side dish ever to make (boil water and let the couscous soak for 2-3 minutes, done), it’s also a great option to bring to BBQs or potlucks because it’s just as delicious when served cold.

This couscous side dish goes great with anything grilled – such as vegan sausages, burger patties, veggies, tofu, tempeh, etc.

This golden couscous gets its color and flavor from Ras el Hanout. This is a spice mix commonly used in the North African cuisine. There is no fixed list of ingredients, the blends vary from brand to brand, but typical ingredients include cardamom, cumin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, ginger, chili, coriander seed, fenugreek, and turmeric. 

You can turn this side dish into a whole meal easily by adding crispy tofu or tempeh, and roasted veggies such as bell pepper, zucchini, and broccoli. It’s the perfect lunch for hot summer days!

Golden Couscous

How to make Golden Couscous

The ingredients

You will need:

  • couscous
  • water
  • ras el hanout
  • salt
  • onion
  • parsley
  • lemon juice
  • oil

The basic steps

making couscous
Step 1: Bring the water to a boil, add the ras el hanout, salt, and couscous. Remove the pot from the heat, close the lid and let it sit until the couscous soaked up the water.
couscous, onions and parsley in a pot
Step 2: Add caramelized onions and fresh parsley (and more salt to taste). Stir.
Golden Couscous

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Golden Couscous

Golden Couscous

Elephantastic Vegan
This Golden Couscous seasoned with Ras el Hanout is the perfect simple and quick side dish for BBQs and potlucks! It's flavorful and everyone will love it!
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Vegan
Servings 2 people
Calories 389 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ras el hanout *
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + more to taste
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil or any plant-based oil
  • 1 large onion halved and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  • Heat the water for the couscous in a large pot, add in the salt and ras el hanout.
  • Once the water is boiling, take the pot off the stovetop and add in the couscous and put the lid back on (the couscous will be ready in a minute or two).
  • Heat a large pan with the canola oil and cook the onions until soft and browned.
  • To the couscous, add the caramelized onions, chopped parsley, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. You can serve this dish either warm or cold.


*If you don’t have any ras el hanout at home and you don’t want to buy it, you can also use curry powder or turmeric (1/4 teaspoon) to make golden couscous, although it won’t taste the same. 


Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 12gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 604mgPotassium: 265mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 632IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg
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